M.Sc. On Campus

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Michigan

24 months
50646 USD/year
50646 USD/year
25230 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Biomedical sciences in general, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan in particular, are fundamentally important to public health, policy, and education in the 21st century. Individuals with training in Microbiology and Immunology are needed in the food and pharmaceutical industries, as allied health professionals, for the nation's R&D mission, and in many other sectors.


We believe 21st century trainees need familiarity with both host and pathogen, and thus at least introductory immunology and graduate-level microbiology coursework will be required of all master's program students. 

Other program course requirements will be more flexible, allowing those with academic deficiencies to focus on coursework to enhance their credentials for professional school admission, and enabling those who aspire to do research to gain extensive experience in the University of Michigan and/or industrial laboratory settings. 

To this end, there are several possible options available to students interested in pursuing a Master's degree.

Non Research Option

Recognizing that some students who enroll in the Microbiology and Immunology Master's Degree program may not be preparing for careers in research, or may decide to pursue other directions after an initial term of research, students can complete the degree with 28 credits whether or not research is included, provided other degree requirements are satisfied. 

Students intending to pursue the non-research master's degree in Microbiology and Immunology should design a plan of study in consultation with the Master's Advisor, and this plan will be kept in the student's departmental file. Completing their approved personalized plan of study will be a requirement for each student who wishes to receive the Master's degree.

Research Option

Performing laboratory research is not a requirement of the Master's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology . However, in keeping with departmental strength in research and the value of research experience for students, all Master's students interested in research are encouraged to pursue it. The program will facilitate research opportunities for all enrolled in the Master's Degree program. 

Research Track Master's students will not perform research rotations, but will enter mutually agreed-upon relationships with Microbiology and Immunology faculty research mentors prior to enrolling in research credit for the terms in which research will be performed. 

The student and research mentor will make arrangements for requisite safety coursework and will discuss expectations (generally 5-6 hours/week per research credit) prior to the start of research. In addition to providing a letter grade, the faculty member will provide a written evaluation for the student's departmental file, to be discussed and signed by the student, at the end of each term.

Thesis Option

Matriculated students who have maintained an overall B+ average and intend to pursue at least two terms of laboratory research can opt to write a research-based thesis as part of their master's degree. They will defend their thesis to their thesis advisor and two additional committee members. 

Upon successful defense of the thesis, the Microbiology & Immunology program will then ensure that the student's degree is awarded with a designation indicating that they defended a thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology 
  • Human Genetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


28 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should submit a completed Rackham application online
  • As part of the application, you can electronically upload your transcripts. 
  • We also request three letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisites for admission: Prerequisites for admission, with the possibility of remediation of limited deficiencies after admission, will include completion of a bachelor's degree and the equivalent of upper division undergraduate coursework in introductory biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell biology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50646 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    25230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25230 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ann Arbor

1025 - 1870 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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